CANDIDATE ANSWERS: Harry Salerno candidate for Plymouth Board of Selectmen (one-year term)

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The Manomet Current recently posted a series of questions for the candidates for school committee and the board of selectmen. They will be presented in the order they are received.

What steps would you take to fix the town’s infrastructure, such as roads and bridges?

First, I believe that we need to develop a comprehensive plan to address the full scope of this issue. It is important to include the DPW, Town Manager, and Board of Selectmen in this planning process. As a member of the Board of Selectmen, I would help assess the town’s needs and then categorize them into three broad areas: short term, intermediate term and long term. Once the town’s infrastructure needs have been catalogued, I would address the funding of them. Short term needs can be addressed through current budget funding. Intermediate needs would be financed with a combination of budgetary funds as well as borrowings. Long term needs can be primarily funded through borrowings. I would also look for potential state and federal grants and other funding sources to help cover the costs. As we grow as a community, it is imperative that we invest in maintaining and growing our infrastructure.

Do you support the town taking control of the Simes House?

At this point, it seems that the town should take control of the Simes House. I would not have said that all along, and it is not my first choice. Unfortunately, things have gone astray and need to be brought back on track. Once the property is under town control, the Board of Selectmen should ensure that the community is involved in getting this property restored and functioning as a resource.

What policies do you support to improve the summer parking situation on White Horse Beach?

First, the rights of residents and property owners need to be respected. is an important town resource that needs to be managed fairly. I would ask the police to recognize the need for strong and consistent enforcement of the existing parking and behavior rules. People have the right to enjoy their property without difficulty. Then the longer term problems associated with parking and crowd management need to be addressed, working together with the local community and seeking their input.

What would you do to combat opiate addiction in and its effects on the community?

Clearly there is a serious opiate problem here. I would make sure the police and other first responders have the necessary resources to deal with the immediate consequences of opiate abuse and emergencies. Our schools also need to have the tools to educate our students on a proactive and preventative basis. It is imperative that we get in front of the problem and not just react to it. I think that continuing the amazing level of current cooperation between law enforcement, government officials, the court system, educational leaders, and community officials is the key to a long-term strategy to addressing and mitigating the problem of opiate addiction in our community and region.

What would be your primary goal as a selectman over the next three years?

My primary goal as a selectman would be to take an active role in the development of the budget and the town’s overall approach to finances in partnership with town management. My 40 years of experience as a CPA uniquely qualifies me to help facilitate the budget process from the perspective of the Board of Selectmen. Everything we do as a town impacts the budget and is affected by the town’s finances. I can help come up with innovative solutions to get things done in an efficient and effective manner without burdening the taxpayers.

Candidates for board of selectmen can find The Manomet Current’s questions here.

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